Picks and Pans Review: Long Stretch of Lonesome

updated 11/03/1997 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/03/1997 AT 01:00 AM EST

Patty Loveless

Patty Loveless doesn't sing, she soothes. Her silky voice is the most delightful in country music, and with this, her latest in a long line of excellent CDs, Loveless offers up more torch than twang and, in her own way, demonstrates what country can be. Long Stretch of Lonesome has a few traditional, foot-stomping moments, like the rowdy ode "The Party Ain't Over Yet" and the old-fashioned duet with George Jones, "You Don't Seem to Miss Me." However, the mood of the disc is really set by gentle, introspective tunes like "I Don't Want to Feel Like That" and "Too Many Memories"—bittersweet tales of love turned to regret. Loveless's words may tell you how tough life can be, but her voice lets you know that things will work out anyway. (Epic)

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